Food stamps sign in New York on Dec. 5, 2019. The Biden administration on Monday announced a permanent expansion of the food stamps program of more than 25% beginning in October 2021.

Needy families will get a permanent boost to their food stamps benefits in October under an expansion of the program announced Monday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will increase benefits for about 42 million program participants by more than 25% after finishing a review that determined existing benefits are too low to pay for a healthy diet.

The increase kicks in on Oct. 1, when beneficiaries in what is officially known as the SNAP program will receive an average bump of about $36.24 per month, the agency announced Monday.

In the months leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, the average monthly benefit was hovering around $121 per person, according to the Agriculture Department. That soared in 2020 and 2021, as Congress passed spending measures meant to aid in the pandemic recovery.

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